June 30 Energy News

June 30, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ This morning, June 29th, 2015, at 3:03 am local time in Nagoya, Japan (6:03 pm GMT on June 28th), Swiss pilot André Borschberg took off in the single-seater aircraft from Nagoya endeavoring to reach Hawaii, in what will be the longest exploration leg of the Solar Impulse’s “Round-The-World” mission. [CleanTechnica]

Photo Credit: Solar Impulse

Photo Credit: Solar Impulse


¶ South Korea vowed Tuesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 37% from the estimated business-as-usual level by 2030, raising the aim from previous proposals, but still facing opposition from the involved sectors with criticism that the target is insufficient. One issue is planned use of carbon credits. [The Korea Herald]

¶ A giant solar farm near the English village of Laceby that could power almost 6,500 homes won council approval. The successful application affects 36.66 hectares (90.6 acres) of land and will generate up to 27.14 MW of power. A solar farm of similar size is proposed for the nearby town of Grimsby. [Grimsby Telegraph]

¶ The UK Parliament’s Climate Change Committee published its first report under the new government on the UK’s progress towards meeting emissions reduction targets. It calls for long term investment in renewables, but also reiterates its support for carbon capture and storage and for nuclear energy. [edie.net]

¶ Power prices in Great Britain will remain low through 2020, driven by ongoing demand reduction and growth in interconnectors and renewables, according to analysts at Moody’s Investor Service. The company expects year-average wholesale electricity prices of £42-46/MWh if gas prices remain stable. [EconoTimes]

¶ Moody’s Investors Service expects that German power prices will remain in the range of €30-35 per MWh to 2020. This compares with around €31-32/MWh today, and reflects expectations of continuing trends on coal, the growth of renewable power generation, and efficiency reducing demand. [EconoTimes]

¶ With electricity prices going through the roof and awareness around environmental sustainability intensifying, more and more households are searching for alternative energy sources. The application of solar power is spreading like wild-fire all around the world, and this is especially true in Australia. [Bangalorean]


¶ Philip Anschutz, a conservative billionaire and the son of an oil man, wants to turn his 500-square-mile cattle ranch into the world’s largest wind farm. The project would generate four times more electricity than the Hoover Dam. It would also make him the nation’s most unlikely environmental hero. [Pacific Standard]

¶ A new report from the Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa identifies various scenarios that would allow Oʻahu and Maui to surpass the 2020 goal of 30% renewable energy while lowering electricity costs. Utility scale solar and wind and rooftop solar were considered. [UH System Current News]

Solar energy, including photovoltaics, will contribute to Hawaiʻi’s goals for renewable. (photo credit: John Cole, HNEI)

Solar energy, including photovoltaics, will contribute to Hawaiʻi’s goals for renewable. (photo credit: John Cole, HNEI)

¶ In Georgia, the Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act will go into effect on July 1, opening up solar panel options for Georgia residents and businesses. On the same day, Georgia Power is planning to announce that one of its unregulated subsidiaries is going to get into the solar panel installation business. [RenewablesBiz]

¶ Neste, the world largest producer of renewable diesel, CLP Motorsports, and X-Games and Rallycross champion Tanner Foust made history, when CLP Motorsports’ Superlite Coupe crossed the finish line in Santa Monica, California, after driving across the USA on one tank (37.6 gallons) of renewable diesel oil. [AZoCleantech]

¶ Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has recently called for the United States to be using 100% clean energy by 2050, said over the weekend in Iowa that climate change is actually a business opportunity that can spur job growth. In fact, he says it is the biggest opportunity in a hundred years. [Washington Times]

¶ Community leaders of Winchester, Indiana, joined EDP Renewables and Indiana Michigan Power officials to dedicate the Headwaters Wind Farm in Randolph County. The wind farm’s 100 turbines are expected to generate more than 600,000 MWh per year, enough to power more than 50,000 homes. [WANE]

¶ Electricity industry representatives and consultants were divided Monday on how much impact the US Supreme Court’s remand of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards to a lower court is likely to have on power markets and investments. The court did not vacate the standard, but sent it back to the lower court. [Platts]

¶ A new, peer-reviewed article published in the scientific journal Science estimates that 30,000 km² of land have been lost due to oil and gas well pads and associated operations in North America since the year 2000. The DOE says we could get 35% of our energy by using 3,400 km² for wind farms. [Clean Energy News]



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